Apr 16, 2017
George full of praise for 'unbelievable' fightback
Stand-in captain Jamie George praised his Saracens team-mates after they battled back from 13-points down to beat Northampton Saints 25-27 with a last gasp conversion from Alex Lozowski.
Hooker George spoke about the improvement that the team had to make before they staged their late fightback, which was earned through tries from Chris Ashton and Marcelo Bosch, he said:
“I think it was a huge result for us at the end. I think if we’re honest with ourselves, with the way we played in the first-half it wasn’t anywhere near what we expected. Despite rotation, there’s no excuse for that.
“The character and the fight that we showed in the last 25 minutes was unbelievable really and I’m just very happy for the boys that we could get that result.”
George also praised the contribution of the ‘finishers’ who came off the bench and proved the catalyst for a fightback which took place in the final quarter:
“Just having the ability to bring on people like Billy, he’s obviously a fantastic player but also very level headed.” He said, “Mike Rhodes is very similar and Schalk Brits has obviously played a lot of rugby.”
“Although, I was particularly impressed with Henry Taylor who came on with 15 minutes to go, I thought that the energy he brought to the game was brilliant and I’m so happy for him and Hayden Thompson-Stringer as well.
“He came on and the scrum went forward and he added a lot around the field so I’m just happy for those guys.”
Front-rower George was also full of praise for debutant and fellow Saracens academy graduate Nick Isiekwe who played 55 minutes before being replaced by Mike Rhodes, saying:
“He was thrown in at the deep end a little bit because Northampton are brilliant set-piece wise and I thought he was fantastic. The most impressive thing for me was how quickly he picked up the intensity.
“You wouldn’t know that he was playing his first game either in the way he prepared before the game or the way he operated within it because he’s a clever rugby player and line-out operator so I thought he did really well and he should be very happy.”
By Will Freeman